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peppamang

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Garden Grow

10 June 2018 - 11:18 AM

Hey! I hope you are all having a good start of the season. Loving this warm weather so far. 

 

First year having an in-ground garden. No longer living in the NJ pine barrens with that awful sandy "soil". Living right out of Philly these days and the soil is nice clay. Peppers seem to love it. 

 

Seeds sowed mid March. Started seeing hooks in April, and they hit dirt the day before Mother's day. 

 

This year, 

Aji Jobito x2

PDN x Bonda White

PDN x Bonda Purple 

NuMex Lemon Spice

NuMex Sunrise

Cappuccino Bonnet

7 Pot Cinder

Aji Painapple

Bubblegum Pumpkin

CGN 21500

Aji White Lightning Bolt

Serrano

Jalapeno

Lemon Drop

Purple UFO

Scorpereno

Aji Dulce

Aji Pineapple

Pasilla De Oaxaca

Sugar Rush Creme

D3 Hogsweed

 

It's also my first year expanding to other veggies. Lots of volunteers came up through the compost pile, so anything that I could identify got planted too. So far, I've scavenged a potato, 2 kinds of squash, 3 tomato plants, an onion and two scallions. I planted carrots, lettuce and radishes in some pots this week. 

 

Time for the pictures. 

 

Here's my compost pile. It was here when we moved into this place at the end of last summer. It's been great to spread just about anywhere. Flowers and veggies love it. It's crazy how much can go into the compost instead of being thrown away. 

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Here's a shot of the garden today before some rain. Spread a little compost and did some light weeding. The bind weed is non-stop. The grass went to seed before we moved in last year and that is seemingly neverending too. It's something I'm working on. 

 

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Second smaller garden that all the extras got shoved into. I figured I'd see what they do. 

 

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Some nice purples. 

 

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All the volunteers and a couple tomato plants my neighbor gave me went into some fabric pots from last year. I really liked these. If you haven't tried them I do recommend. 

 

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First tomato flower. 

 

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Overwintered c. pubescens that is doing well in the ground. 

 

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Have a chill day yall. 


Preserving Pepper in Vinegar

23 October 2017 - 12:42 AM

I'm a total kitchen noob. The farthest I've gone in the past is flakes and some limited bbq knowledge. Today, I decided to embark on the journey of trying my first attempt to keep peppers overwinter, other than freezing them. 

 

 

Pic heavy, so prepare yourselves

 

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Hand washing each pepper, then cutting and deseeding. I wore gloves thank god for this part. I learned the hard way last time I was plucking seeds bare handed out of reapers.

 

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After Cutting the BOC and Reapers in half, I figured that would allow more vinegar to get to those hard to reach spots.

 

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The jars and lids post sterilization of about 10 minutes. 

 

Poured in the peppers into the still hot jars, poured vinegar overtop and then proceeded to quickly screw the lids on tight. My question is, does the vinegar have to be hot before poured on? The recipes online for this procedure didn't say so, but I feel like I should have for some reason. 

 

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Here's what I ended up with, along side some dehydrated BOC I'll probably make into flakes and powder. I've still got 30 pods on the plants between the two of them, I just don't know what else to do with them. 

 

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Plenty of BOC seed if anyone wants some! 

 

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My final question is, is this air gap going to give me problems? I filled it up to the brim before screwing on the lids but my guess is that there were air pockets between the peppers, which didn't fill until I turned them upside down. Is this going to cause mold or bacterial rot on the top where the floating peppers are touching the air? 

 

Thanks everybody

cheers


Overwintered plant, before and after!

18 October 2017 - 10:40 PM

Just thought I'd share this with you guys and gals, I was very glad I was able to help it thrive again. 

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After!

 

 

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Last Harvest and Praying Mantis Eggs

04 October 2017 - 03:51 PM

Hey guys and gals of THP. I hope everyone is doing well! Just finished my last big harvest. 

lG3fBAD.jpgCan you guess the varieties?  :P

bhzC928.jpgStill waiting for a few more pubes

7ns2zYT.jpgNulFtAJ.jpgPraying mantis LOVE the c. praetermissum! I think I can take these egg sacs inside, and place them in the fridge and then hatch them around my plants in the spring to prevent aphids. Anybody know about raising praying mantis? Let me know. 

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lj9VbHe.jpgAll my container plants are done, but the in grounds are still killing it. BOC and Carolina reapers. 

NralLmC.jpgHope yall enjoyed! Have a good winter and cheers to next year's bountiful harvest. 


My first powder!

02 September 2017 - 09:34 AM

undefined.jpgpfy6iMq.jpgWell, closer to flakes since I had to chop it by hand. But it's delicious!